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Francia Russell Center in Way of Revised Sound Transit Route


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#1 Helene

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:45 PM

Sound Transit revised its East Link route, and PNB's East Side school in Bellevue is in the path of the new route, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

http://www.bellevuer.../215135421.html

According to the article, the two identified solutions mean either the demolition of the building, which PNB prefers, or a set of modifications to the existing building.

I hope the company either gets the option they want or Sound Transit finds a reason to re-revise the routing. The Francia Russell Center reaches a population for whom it would be impractical to commute to Seattle, and at least two PNB dancers have come through the ranks to join the company.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:58 PM

Fiddlesticks -- it's a lovely facility, and as Helene points out, a big advantage to families living in the more suburban Eastside.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:47 PM

It's official:  the Francia Russell Center building will be destroyed to accommodate light rail, but not for a couple of years.  Next steps are based on what compensation PNB will get.

 

http://www.bellevuer...ws/2453891.html



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:51 PM

If they have the same experience negotiating with Sound Transit that merchants in my neighborhood did when they were acquiring land for a light-rail station, it will be difficult to get enough compensation to relocate.



#5 Helene

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:11 AM

Hopefully, as one of the major arts institutions in the area, they will have strong political backing in their negotiations.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:02 AM

Fingers crossed!



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:57 AM

Lets hope someone puts together a great plan for this... It is truly worth the effort.

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:47 AM

They will have to work hard to replace this facility -- it was custom designed for the school, and is as functional as it is lovely.  (not something you always get in dance studios!)




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